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why did the schlieffen plan fail

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Page 13 Question D "The Schlieffen plan failed because of the British role at the Battle of Mons,"Do you agree with the view? Use sources and your own knowledge to explain. I agree with this view, The British army at the Battle of Mons did make the Schlieffen plan fail. Schlieffen did not expect the British would get involved in this war. He thought that the British would join the war over "scrap of paper." Great Britain had a treaty with Belgium. The treaty stated that if Belgium did get into a war Britain would back them up. Schlieffen thought that Belgium would not risk attacking the German army. Although the Germans had a much bigger army the British had a trained and a professional army, Source D tells us this. ...read more.

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This is where the French joined. River Marne is only 60 kilometres away from the capital of France which the Germans were aiming for. When the British, Belgium and the French army were defending the River Marne and trying to push the Germans back. The Germans wee pushed to River Aisne. This battle was the most important battle of the war as it was saved Paris from capture. The battle of the Marne started on 5th September and ended 5 days later. I disagree with this view. The British army did not make the Schlieffen Plan fail. The plan was failed because of lots of reasons and people. One of the main people who changed the plan was Von Molkte. ...read more.

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The German army had to walk about 20 miles a day. One of the problems was that the supplies couldn't keep up with the army. This made the army tired and exhausted. On the other side Russia mobilized much quicker than expected. In the Schlieffen Plan Russia was supposed to take about 6 weeks. Infact it only took them 10 days to mobilize. Russia had trains so this made it quicker to mobilize. "The Russians forced the Germans to strip their invading force," this quote from Source F shows us that the Russians were much quicker than expected. This meant that some of the army of the Western front had to move east. "Defend Germany in the East," this quote is from Source F which explains how Germany had to move to the East to defend Russia attacking Germany. ?? ?? ?? ?? Abby Kailayapillai 10/50 ...read more.

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